Police doctor is cleared of manslaughter but criticised as “negligent”

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 30 January 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e739
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A former police doctor who pronounced as fit to be detained a man who was almost certainly unconscious has been cleared of manslaughter, but the trial judge said that there was no doubt that he was negligent. Hisham El-Baroudy, 56, had examined the man for only one minute just three hours before he died.

Dr El-Baroudy wiped tears from his eyes as the jury at Southwark Crown Court in London found him not guilty of gross negligence manslaughter over the death of Andrzej Rymarzak in …

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